Texas Archive of the Moving Image is loading...

Wrestling Highlites Endorsement

Gordon Wilkison

Sound | 1960s

comment
  • Normal
  • Large video
  • Large content
  • Full video
"rtmpconf":{ type:"flv", file:"mp4:2012_00707_480x360.mp4", baseUrl:wgScriptPath + "/extensions/player/", streamServer:'texas-flash.streamguys1.com:443/vod', width:"480", height:"360", config:{ showBrowserControls:false }, poster:"/library/index.php?action=ajax%26rs=importImage%26rsargs[]=2012 00707 tn.jpg%26rsargs[]=480", controls:{ _timerStyle:"sides" } }
Map
Loading Google Maps...
 
TAMI Tags
  •  In addition to hosting Wresting Highlites, Leo Garibaldi also talked about Texas wrestling on his a weekly radio show on KOKE FM 
  •  Garibaldi welcomes Pearl Bear to Wrestling Highlites’ growing list of sponsors 
  •  “From the country of 1100 springs” 
 
Mark Video Segment:
begin
end
play
See someone or something you recognize? TAMI Tagging
Click begin and end to mark the segment you wish
to tag. Then enter your comment and click on Tag!
To: tamitags@texasarchive.org
 
Share this video
X

Send E-mail

Embed

[Hide]Right click this link, select 'open in new tab', and add to bookmarks:
  • About the video
  • Gordon Wilkison Gordon Wilkison
  • Texas Locations
  • Keywords
Wrestling Highlites was a local television program broadcast every Sunday on Austin’s KTBC, hosted by former professional wrestler Leo Garibaldi. At the time, wresting events took place at the Austin City Coliseum, a former World War II airplane hanger. (The venue was demolished in 2002.) This promotional spot, shot by KTBC cameraman Gordon Wilkison in the 1960s, shows Garibaldi endorsing one of the show’s sponsors, Pearl Beer. Established in 1883, the Pearl Brewing Company was based in San Antonio and distributed across the state. In 1977, Pearl was acquired by what is now known as the Pabst Brewing Company. While the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio closed in 2001, the beer is still in production at Miller Brewing’s Fort Worth facility.
Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation.  At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades. During the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
 
A particularly notable moment is his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
 
Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
 
Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
 
Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.